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Here's a versatile hat I designed for my DH. It can be worn as a stylish watch cap when he needs the extra warmth, with its deeply ribbed cuff folded up, or as a slouchy knit hat.
A stripe of contrasting color was knit into the cuff. Once the ribbing is completed, the chevron pattern is worked with a gently shaped crown. The finished hat has a cool, geometric design throughout, ending with a pleasing diamond shape at the top, resembling a dreamcatcher.
Knits up beautifully in the cashmere blend used here, or grab some cushy worsted-weight yarn from your stash, adding stripes or color changes as you wish to fit your yardage.
A lace version is included as well, which has a beautiful lacy motif at the top of the crown. Both versions are charted and written out.
With the option of the non-lace and lace versions, this is easily a pattern you'll use over and over again. Great as a gift for your favorite couple!
Finished Blocked Measurements: Approx 19" [48.5 cm] around above ribbed band, unstretched; 11" [28 cm] height. Easily stretches to fit 21-23" [53.5-58.5 cm] heads.
Yarn Used: Non-Lace Version: Knit Picks Capra DK (85% Merino/15% Cashmere); 1.75 oz/50 g [123 yds/112 m] per ball: 1 ball in Caviar #24963 [Main Color] and 20 yds [18 m] in Ciel #26558 [Contrast Color]. Lace Version: Also Knit Picks Capra DK: 1 ball in Cream #24974 [Main Color] and 20 yds [18 m] of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (100% Peruvian Highland Wool) in Mink Heather #24279 [Contrast Color]. NOTE: Although this yarn is listed online as dk-weight, it knits up as a worsted-weight yarn in this pattern due to its loose plies and softness.
Pattern Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st, blocked.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A worsted-weight in a soft cashmere/Merino wool bland. Yarn label suggested gauge: 20 to 22 sts = 4' [10 cm] on size US 5 - 7 [3.75 - 4.5mm] needles. While Capra is listed as a DK-weight yarn, it is knit up more like a worsted-weight yarn here. For substituting, please use a soft worsted weight (not heavy worsted).
Approximate Total Yardage Required: 123 yds [112 m] in Main Color; 20 yds [18 m] in Contrast Color.
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Knitting Needles Used: Size 8 [5 mm]: 1 set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles (DPNs) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE; Size 8 [5 mm]: 16" [40 cm] circular needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE (optional: DPNs can be used for all rnds)
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